'working' week length?
My working week has been 37.5 hours for the last 20 odd years (in different companies). Only the first one had time sheets, after that no one had really taken any interest in the actual hours people worked, although pretty much everyone does more than the standard (some by a small amount, some by lots).Posted 4 years agotarquinMember
37.5 contracted, but ill work straight through lunch so 40 hours flat.
On average this year to date I’ve done an extra 25% as unpaid OT, so close to 50 hours a week. I try and make sure it doesn’t take the piss so if I do 12 hrs or more one day ill finish early the day after.Posted 4 years agoFunkyDuncMember
I would suggest that ‘normal’ contracted hours is normally between 37 and 40.
In the past I have done 35, and up to 40. 40 hours felt much longer than 37.5
45 is pushing the limit of what they can legally do. Are they paying you the extra days work per week, or are they just getting more hours on the cheap?Posted 4 years agochrisa87Member
41.5 here. 8-5 Mon to Thurs and then 8-4 on a Friday. With half an hour lunch everyday. Best hours I worked was 8-4.45 Mon-Thurs and then 8-12.30 on a Fri. Brilliant Job and brilliant hours.
EDIT – No chance of overtime ever on the current job, so try to keep extra working to a minimum.Posted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
It’s not an outrageous working week, but it’s not normal either. Right now I do bang on 9-5, I’ve done 50 hour weeks in the past but because it suited me and there was recompense but I wouldn’t have liked to be told it’s “normal”- it was me being ace.
Suppose it’s about context…
If they’re trying to convince you there’s nothing unusual about it and that everyone does it, that’s probably bad- frankly to me it might be a “walk away” sign because if your relationship starts on that basis, it’s not likely to go anywhere good.
If they just mean it’s normal for the company, or something of that ilk, that’s perfectly innocent and fine.
And equally, it might be that they genuinely think everyone does it- it seems to be almost universal that whenever people work ungodly hours or unpaid overtime or any other undesirable working condition, they convince themselves that “everyone does it”. The woman in my office who did loads of unpaid extra time insisted “everyone does it” even though everyone else in the office worked at most 30 minutes a day and claimed every last button back.Posted 4 years agoGrahamSSubscriber
Contracted for 39 hours a week here (8 hours a day, 7 on Friday) – but those are hours of actual work that I can put on a timesheet and bill to a customer, so lunch hours and tea breaks etc are extra on top of that.
So realistically if I start at 9am, do 8 hours work and take an hour for lunch then I shouldn’t leave till 6.Posted 4 years agoSpeederSubscriber
Do you need this extra money vs an hour and a half of your life EVERY DAY. It’s the equivalent of a 30 mile commute and time you’ll never get back. If it’s not a good career move or you’re not sick of your current job, I wouldn’t bother.
But then I’ve always thought that after I reached a certain level of pay I’d rather work less hours than get a rise though I’m not sure I’m there yet. 🙄Posted 4 years agofaz083Member
I have been offered a job on a reasonably higher salary than my current role. However, it does entail an extra 7.5 hours a week of work (8-5:30 as opposed to 9-5). I was assured this is a ‘normal’ working week (45 hours as opposed to 37.5). I’m not so sure.
Can others offer how many hours (contracted hours, not time to boast about how much work you do in the evenings) you do a week?
In terms of hourly cost it’s about 30p difference. But because of the extra hours, it’s paid a fair wad more.Posted 4 years agoMcHamishMember
37.5 contracted here, although I do more.
Working Time Regulations 1998 state that your average working hours must not exceed 48 hours per week (measured over a period of 17 weeks).
However they can put it in your contract that you agree the limit doesn’t apply to you.Posted 4 years agoGrahamSSubscriber
However they can put it in your contract that you agree the limit doesn’t apply to you.
But you can refuse it.
Workers 18 or over who want to work more than 48 hours a week, can choose to opt out of the 48-hour limit.
This could be for a certain period or indefinitely. It must be voluntary and in writing.
It can’t be contained in an agreement with the whole workforce. However, employers are allowed to ask individual workers if they’d be willing to opt out.
An employer shouldn’t sack or unfairly treat a worker (eg refused promotion) for refusing to sign an opt-out.Posted 4 years ago
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